Millennium Park

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Millennium Park in Chicago was intended to help ring in the new millennium. Planning for it began in 1997, but it opened fours years behind schedule in 2004. Budgeted at $150 million, it cost the city and private donors $475 million to build.

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Constructed on top of rail yards and parking garages, Millennium park is actually a 25 acre rooftop garden. It is contained within Grant Park and features an outdoor concert space and pedestrian bridge designed by Frank Gehry.

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Another popular section of the park is the AT&T Plaza with its Cloud Gate sculpture, by artist Anish Kapoor. It’s three stories of polished steel and fondly known as ‘The Bean.’ Cloud Gate was completed two years after Millennium Park opened.

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Location: 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Designation: City Park

Date designation declared: 7/16/2004

Date of my visit: May 24, 2015

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